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  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15680)
    Performance
    (12981)
    Story
    (13616)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Disappointment"
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    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    Probably my own fault. I didn't check this book out more throughly before purchasing. I got a recommendation from a few friends yet I had NO IDEA it was of the erotic genre. Overall the performance of the bimbo sounding narrator and the overuse of the the same words and phrases are the biggest disappointment.


    What was most disappointing about E L James’s story?

    The writing. Its like she wrote the story adding in every adverb ending in "ly" she could find. Also, she overuses the same words/phrases... "where is this going?" "he said sardonically" "hooded eyes" maybe thats how erotic novels are thus the reason I'm not that interested.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Not sound like a bimbo/valley girl. Her perky, air headed voice is really annoying.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    I think I just picked the wrong type of book :S


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search for a New Best Friend

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Rachel Bertsche
    • Narrated By Annie Wood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    When Rachel Bertsche first moves to Chicago, she’s thrilled to finally share a zip code, let alone an apartment, with her boyfriend. But shortly after getting married, Bertsche realizes that her new life is missing one thing: friends. Sure, she has plenty of BFFs—in New York and San Francisco and Boston and Washington, D.C. Still, in her adopted hometown, there’s no one to call at the last minute for girl talk over brunch or a reality-TV marathon over a bottle of wine. Taking matters into her own hands, Bertsche develops a plan....

    Amr says: "Joyful even if you're not the intended audience"
    "Very interesting"
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    Would you try another book from Rachel Bertsche and/or Annie Wood?

    I might. In the middle I got a little bored with the story but I actually like all the facts and social science part she incorporated.


    Would you recommend MWF Seeking BFF to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, I think it has good insight to how men and women view friendship and what role it plays in their lives. I definitely identified with a lot of what was said and it was nice to know I'm not alone on my search for a BBF.


    Have you listened to any of Annie Wood’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I enjoyed her tone and accents used in the book it kept it very interesting.


    Was MWF Seeking BFF worth the listening time?

    Yes! It was a little dry in some parts but overall I enjoyed it!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35277)
    Performance
    (26324)
    Story
    (26701)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Can't say enough good things!"
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    Where does The Hunger Games rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top! Loved this book and the voice made it come alive!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rue - She was so small yet full of power and life and her last scene was very moving!


    Which character – as performed by Carolyn McCormick – was your favorite?

    Effie Trinket hands down, I loved her performance SO much that when I saw the film later I was let down by the actor's performance :/


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Lots! But Thresh letting Katniss live was very thrilling, sad and sweet.


    Any additional comments?

    Book performance SO much better than the movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Between, Georgia

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (576)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (296)

    Nonny Frett understands the meanings of "rock" and "hard place" better than any woman ever born. She's got two mothers, "one deaf-blind and the other four baby steps from flat crazy". She's got two men: her husband, who's easing out the back door; and her best friend, who's laying siege to her heart in her front yard. She has a job that holds her in the city, and she's addicted to a little girl who's stuck deep in the country.

    Karen says: "Great listen!"
    "Loved it!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Between, Georgia to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really enjoyed Bernice. She reminds me of my very southern aunts ;)


    What does Joshilyn Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her accents are great! I feel you get a better idea of each character due to the way she reads them.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I love the way the end of the book Nonni takes Fisher. Its a little mushy but it is near to my heart because once I had to stand up for a little girl and help raise her.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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